Selling a Home in Today's market
As a homeowner, you can play an important part in the timely sale of
your property. When you take the following steps, you’ll help your
Realtor sell your home faster, at the best possible price.

The easiest and most reliable way to improve the appeal of your home is
to enlist a quality home service professional. The right professional can
help you get everything in order - from repainting the kitchen to
providing a thorough cleaning - so you can stay focused on more
important things.

1:  Make the Most of that First Impression
A well-manicured lawn, neatly
trimmed shrubs and a clutter-free porch welcome prospects. So does a freshly
painted – or at least freshly scrubbed – front door. If it’s autumn, rake the
leaves. If it’s winter, shovel the walkways. The fewer obstacles between
prospects and the true appeal of your home, the better.
2:  Invest a Few Hours for Future Dividends Here’s your chance to clean up
in real estate. Clean up the living room, the bathroom, the kitchen. If your
woodwork is scuffed or the paint is fading, consider some minor redecoration.
Fresh wallpaper adds charm and value to your property. If you’re worried about
time, hire professional cleaners or painters to get your house ready. Remember,
prospects would rather see how great your home really looks than hear how
great it could look "with a little work."
3:  Check Faucets and Bulbs Dripping water rattles the nerves, discolors
sinks, and suggests faulty or worn-out plumbing. Burned out bulbs or faulty
wiring leave prospects in the dark. Don’t let little problems detract from what’s
right with your home.
4:  Don’t Shut Out a Sale If cabinets or closet doors stick in your home, you
can be sure they will also stick in a prospect’s mind. Don’t try to explain away
sticky situations when you can easily plane them away. A little effort on your part
can smooth the way toward a closing.
5:  Think Safety Homeowners learn to live with all kinds of self-set booby traps:
roller skates on the stairs, festooned extension cords, slippery throw rugs and
low hanging overhead lights. Make your residence as non-perilous as possible
for uninitiated visitors.
6:  Make Room for Space Remember, potential buyers are looking for more
than just comfortable living space. They’re looking for storage space, too. Make
sure your attic and basement are clean and free of unnecessary items.
7:  Consider Your Closets The better organized a closet, the larger it
appears. Now’s the time to box up those unwanted clothes and donate them to
8:  Make Your Bathroom Sparkle Bathrooms sell homes, so let them shine.
Check and repair damaged or unsightly caulking in the tubs and showers. For
added allure, display your best towels, mats, and shower curtains.
9:  Create Dream Bedrooms Wake up prospects to the cozy comforts of your
bedrooms. For a spacious look, get rid of excess furniture. Colorful bedspreads
and fresh curtains are a must.
10: Open up in the Daytime Let the sun shine in! Pull back your curtains and
drapes so prospects can see how bright and cheery your home is.
11: Lighten up at Night Turn on the excitement by turning on all your lights -
both inside and outside - when showing your home in the evening. Lights add
color and warmth, and make prospects feel welcome.
12: Avoid Crowd Scenes Potential buyers often feel like intruders when they
enter a home filled with people. Rather than giving your house the attention it
deserves, they're likely to hurry through. Keep the company present to a
13: Watch Your Pets Dogs and cats are great companions, but not when
you're showing your home. Pets have a talent for getting underfoot. So do
everybody a favor: Keep Kitty and Spot outside, or at least out of the way.
14: Think Volume Rock-and-roll will never die. But it might kill a real estate
transaction. When it's time to show your home, it's time to turn down the stereo
or TV.
15: Relax Be friendly, but don't try to force conversation. Prospects want to view
your home with a minimum of distraction.
16: Don't Apologize No matter how humble your abode, never apologize for its
shortcomings. If a prospect volunteers a derogatory comment about your
home's appearance, let your experienced Monaco Realtor handle the situation.
17: Keep a Low Profile Nobody knows your home as well as you do. But your
Realtor know buyers - what they need and what they want. Your Realtor will
have an easier time articulating the virtues of your home if you stay in the
18: Don't Turn Your Home into a Second-Hand Store When prospects come
to view your home, don't distract them with offers to sell those furnishings you no
longer need. You may lose the biggest sale of all.
19: Defer to Experience When prospects want to talk price, terms, or other
real estate matters, let them speak to an expert - your Monaco Realtor.
20: Help Your Agent Your Monaco Realtor will have an easier time selling your
home if showings are scheduled through his or her office. You'll appreciate the
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